Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is native the West, Central and Southern Europe. The essential oil of the plant has been used as a flavoring for centuries. Peppermint tea is useful for nausea and aides indigestion. Peppermint also eases nervous headaches. Stimulates digestions and improves the appetite, leaf infusion acts to refesh during hot weather. Can be used as a seasoning to fish, meat and potato. Sow the peppermint seeds from March onwards inside in small pots or trays. Peppermint seeds are very fine, the best is to cover the seeds with sieved compost and place the tray in a polythene bag at about 18 Celsius. Germination can take up to 20 days. Water the pots from the bottom, saucer required, this way the fine peppermint seeds will not be disturbed during the germination. When seedlings are large enough to handle pinch some out if too crowded. After all risk of frost has passed, plant in groups into final position. The strong growing plants will produce plenty of tasty leaves. Cut them as required before flowering, ideal for drying.